The Paper Campaign
This was the website for the Paper Campaign that was the largest grassroots forest campaign in the US. In 2002 it brought together activists, students, celebrities, outdoor enthusiasts, religious leaders and concerned citizens. Their results were outstanding.
The content below is from the site's 2002 archived pages and other sources.
The Paper Campaign' s goal is to save forests by transforming the way the US market produces paper. Everyday our beautiful and endangered forests are destroyed to make things like copy paper and post-it notes. We are working to end this needless destruction by redirecting markets toward alternatives like recycled and tree-free paper.
About the Paper Campaign
It is hard to imagine a poorer use of our natural resources than to have ancient and endangered forests being logged to make disposable paper products. We have already lost 95% of our old growth forests in the US and worldwide nearly 80% have been destroyed or degraded. But ancient forests, like the boreal forests of Canada, and endangered forests, like the native hardwood forests of the southern US, are still being logged and made into paper every day.
The production and sale of tree-based paper products has a huge impact on our environment. The problems caused by this industry run the gamut from the loss of habitat from destructive logging to pollution of the air and water at paper mills and eventually the overloading of landfills with reusable paper products. Our goal is to decrease the environmental impact of paper production by pushing paper companies away from wholesale reliance on tree-based fiber and toward post-consumer recycled and alternative paper.
The Paper Campaign take its environmental message directly to the marketplace. By educating consumers, creating media pressure, and negotiating with corporate decisionmakers we pressure companies to change their purchasing policies. The results? Over 50 Fortune 500 companies and over 300 small and medium sized companies have changed the way they do business by refusing to buy products from endangered forests and increasing their use of post-consumer recycled paper.
On November 12, 2002, the Paper Campaign joined office supply giant Staples Inc. to announce the end of our campaign against this industry leader and the beginning of Staples' landmark new environmental commitment. This agreement is the culmination of a two-year effort by The Paper Campaign, which involved dozens of citizen groups dedicated to moving the marketplace out of endangered forests and towards recycled paper.
Here are a few of the news outlets that have taken notice of the affect we're having in the marketplace:
- The Wall Street Journal
- Time Magazine
- ABC News
- The Jim Lehrer News Hour
- Atlanta Journal Constitution
- Seattle Times
- Portland Oregonian
1. Raise your voice!
Email the CEO of Office Depot and tell him to make a real commitment to our forests
2. Buy Recycled!
Check out our alternative paper page and vote for the environment with your wallet.
3. Stay informed!
Join The Paper Campaign's E-newsletter list and be updated every couple months on the campaign's progress.
4. Get involved!
Help others do the right thing for the forests with their purchasing power by encouraging local businesses and schools to demand recycled paper. More ideas about taking action.
Alternative Paper Information
But where do I find the paper that I need? Here is where you can find ecological paper options either through a paper buyers cooperative, an internet/mail-order distributor, or through a retailer in your area—to meet your copy paper, printing and letterhead paper, cardstock and envelope needs.
Select a paper type:
Copy Paper | Text & Writing Paper | Cover Paper | Envelopes
Information on Ecological Paper Alternatives:
Below you will find a listing of where to find ecological paper options, available through paper buyers cooperatives, internet/mail-order distributors or through retailers in your area. Laser and ink jet papers are marketed for those types of office printers, although most copy and bond papers work fine in those machines as well. Many papers are now marketed as “Dual Purpose” or “Multi-Purpose” to meet the needs for Bond, Copy, Laser and Ink Jet papers. Be sure that the paper you use in your copier is rated for copier use, especially if it is high-speed copier. Many paper jams and other problems are blamed on recycled paper when the problem actually is the use of an inappropriate paper.
Best Options of Ecologically Sound and Reasonably Priced copy paper:
|Paper Name||Mill||Fiber Content||Bleach-ing||Acid-Free||
|Downtown Paper #3||Arbokem||50%PCW, 50% organic wheat/rye straw||PCF||Yes||82||White||T50||
|Envirographic 100||Badger Paper||100% PCW||PCF||Yes||85||White, colors||B20||Paper Buyers Cooperatives
Internet/Mail- Order Distributors
|Eureka!100||Georgia- Pacific (Fort James)||100% PCW||PCF||Yes||84||B20||Internet/Mail- Order Distributors
|Encore 100||New Leaf Paper||100% PCW||PCF||Yes||85||B20||Direct||$|
|New Life Dual Purpose 100||Rolland Paper||80% recycled (60% PCW), 20% sustainable virgin fiber||PCF||Yes||84||B20||Paper Buyers Cooperatives
Internet/Mail- Order Distributors
PCW- Post-consumer waste
$ - under $5